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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 7:10 pm/et on Friday, March 23, 2012

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 23, 2012 at 7:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 7:00pm/et
    Scheduled qualifying re-air: on SPEED at 10:30pm/et

  • March 2011 Pole Sitter: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 184.653, finished 10th

  • The Final October 2010 Pole Sitter: #1-Jamie McMurray, 185.285, finished 17th
  • Track Qualifying Record: #5-Kyle Busch, Feb 2005, 188.425mph
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner, 42 years, 10 months, 2 days, 4/30/2000
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 19 years, 9 months, 25 days, 2/27/2005

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #15-Bowyer, 185.109mph, scheduled to qualify 46th out of 46 drivers


  • NOTE: have stopped doing semi-live qualifying. NASCAR.com and FoxSports have live realtime qualifying and hits for my qualifying pages were way down in 2011 to the availabilty of the real-time qualifying found elsewhere.
    Will still post Jayski.com's unique qualifying results here, to help explain how drivers made the race.
    For Realtime qualifying, check out:
    NASCAR.com and FoxSports

  • Friday practice for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over. After scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest, notes:
    #15-Bowyer 185.109
    #55-Martin 184.322
    #5-Kahne 183.946
    #2-Keselowski 183.290
    #11-Hamlin 183.187
    slowest: #7-Gordon & #37-Hill
    This practice sets qualifying order, scheduled for 7:10pm/et on SPEED. #37-Hill goes out first and #15-Bowyer goes our 46th/last.
    See fastest speeds. laps run and more on the Auto Club Practice 1 Speeds (pdf), no average speeds am NOT changing back to the old way, just posting the pdf's.(3-23-2012)

  • Go-or-Go Homers practice for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway.
    the practice rank for the go-or-go homers (drivers not in the top 35 of 2011 owners points)
    These drivers would make the race if things stay the same:
    #30-David Stremme, 28th fastest overall
    #26-Josh Wise#, 31st
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 32nd
    #98-Michael McDowell, 35th
    #36-Dave Blaney, 39th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 40th
    #23-Scott Riggs, 41st
    #74-Reed Sorenson, 42nd
    These drivers would miss the race if things stay the same:
    #19-Mike Bliss, 44th
    #7-Robby Gordon, 45th
    #37-Timmy Hill#, 46th/last
    (3-23-2012)


  • Hamlin wins pole at Auto Club: #11-Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway with a speed of 186.403mph for his 1st pole of 2012 which put him in the 2013 Shootout, 10th career pole, and 2nd pole at Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin is the fifth different pole sitter in the first five races of the season.
    #18-Busch was 2nd fastest followed by #55-Martin, #5-Kahne, #16-Biffle, #39-Newman, #29-Harvick, #20-Logano, #14-Stewart and #48-Johnson.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #30-Stremme, #26-Wise, #98-McDowell, #36-Blaney, #23-Riggs, #49-Yeley, #19-Bliss and #74-Sorenson.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #7-Gordon, #87-Nemechek & #37-Hill.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup below or on the Starting Lineup page (pdf). (3-23-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Auto Club Speedway:
    #11-Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 16th Annual Auto Club 400 with a lap of 38.626 seconds, 186.403 mph.
    This is his 10th pole in 228 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2012. He qualifies for next year's Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.
    This is his second pole in 12 races at Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin's previous Sprint Cup pole here came on Oct. 11, 2009.
    #18-Kyle Busch (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2012 and his eighth in 15 races at Auto Club Speedway.
    #55-Mark Martin (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway. It is his second in four races this season.
    #26-Josh Wise (30th) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(3-23-2012)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #37-Hill, 1st out to qualify, 177.936mph, DNQ
    #7-Gordon, 2nd out, 178.470, DNQ
    #19-Bliss, 3rd out, 178.296, starts 39th
    #23-Riggs, 6th out, 180.356, starts 35th
    #36-Blaney, 8th out, 180.433, starts 34th
    #98-McDowell, 12th out, 180.610, starts 32nd
    #83-Cassill, 14th out, 180.850, starts 31st
    #26-Bliss, 16th out, 181.087, starts 30th
    #47-Labonte, 18th out, 182.445, starts 26th
    #30-Stremme, 19th out, 183.397, starts 20th
    #20-Logano, 23rd out, 185.195, starts 8th
    #29-Harvick, 32nd out, 185.199, starts 7th
    #18-Busch, 35th out, 185.534, starts 2nd
    #11-Hamlin, 42nd out, 186.403, starts 1st

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Fastest 7 get in, 8th [43rd] spot goes to most recent past champ not in the race already or 8th fastest
    [45 entered for 43 spots]:
    have qualified for the race:
    #30-David Stremme, 183.397
    #26-Josh Wise#, 181.087
    #98-Michael McDowell, 180.610
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 180.298
    #36-Dave Blaney, 180.443
    #23-Scott Riggs, 180.356
    #19-Mike Bliss, 179.296
    #74-Stacy Compton, 179.131
    will miss the race:
    #7-Robby Gordon, 178.470
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 178.443
    #37-Timmy Hill#, 177.936

  • Race info at: Race Info Page

  • Event Entry List

  • Past Champions Provisional page

  • All Time Sprint Cup Pole Winners

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Auto Club 400 Starting Lineup
Auto Club Speedway

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(sec)
will be posted after qualifying is over and the field set

RED = teams that are not in the top-35 of 2011 Owners Points and had to race in to make the race via qualifying speed.

# Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate

(i) = driver not running for 2012 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

Starting Lineup (pdf)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Qualifying Results
Auto Club 400
Auto Club Speedway

Rank Sched
Qual
Pos
Actual
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(seconds)
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Difference from
practice speed
Owners
Points
Rank
1 42 42 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 186.403 38.626 183.187 5 3.216 9
2 35 35 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 185.534 38.807 182.611 12 2.923 12
3 45 45 55 Mark Martin Toyota 185.534 38.807 184.322 2 1.212 34
4 39 39 16 Greg Biffle Ford 185.510 38.812 182.894 8 2.616 16
5 44 44 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 185.510 38.812 183.946 3 1.564 22
6 40 40 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 185.328 38.850 183.006 7 2.322 10
7 32 32 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 185.199 38.877 182.255 15 2.944 3
8 23 23 20 Joey Logano Toyota 185.195 38.878 181.850 24 3.345 24
9 33 33 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 185.185 38.880 182.329 14 2.856 1
10 38 38 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 185.123 38.893 182.880 9 2.243 6
11 46 46 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 185.052 38.908 185.109 1 -0.057 28
12 30 30 99 Carl Edwards Ford 185.000 38.919 182.186 17 2.814 2
13 29 29 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 184.724 38.977 182.182 18 2.542 18
14 28 28 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 184.530 39.018 182.122 19 2.408 7
15 36 36 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 184.322 39.062 182.755 11 1.567 4
16 37 37 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 184.068 39.116 182.792 10 1.276 27
17 43 43 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 184.044 39.121 183.290 4 0.754 5
18 31 31 10 David Reutimann Chevy 183.913 39.149 182.191 16 1.722 33
19 41 41 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 183.744 39.185 183.169 6 0.575 20
20 19 19 30 David Stremme Toyota 183.397 39.259 180.805 28 2.592 38-IN
21 24 24 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 183.379 39.263 181.896 23 1.483 8
22 25 25 78 Regan Smith Chevy 183.052 39.333 181.965 22 1.087 26
23 21 21 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 182.681 39.413 181.273 26 1.408 30
24 20 20 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 182.560 39.439 181.032 27 1.528 21
25 26 26 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 182.542 39.443 182.053 21 0.489 11
26 18 18 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 182.445 39.464 180.533 29 1.912 29
27 22 22 27 Paul Menard Chevy 182.366 39.481 181.429 25 0.937 17
28 27 27 43 Aric Almirola Ford 182.094 39.540 182.108 20 -0.014 15
29 34 34 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 182.007 39.559 182.510 13 -0.503 19
30 16 16 26 Josh Wise # Ford 181.087 39.780 180.329 31 0.758 39-IN
31 14 14 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 180.850 39.812 179.744 33 1.106 25
32 12 12 98 Michael McDowell Ford 180.610 39.865 179.064 35 1.546 40-IN
33 17 17 13 Casey Mears Ford 180.542 39.880 180.392 30 0.150 32
34 8 8 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 180.433 39.904 178.112 39 2.321 25-IN
35 6 5 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 180.356 39.921 177.914 41 2.442 45-IN
36 15 15 49 JJ Yeley Toyota 180.298 39.934 179.843 32 0.455 41-IN
37 11 11 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevy 179.609 40.087 178.664 36 0.945 13
38 13 13 34 David Ragan Ford 179.466 40.119 179.082 34 0.384 31
39 3 3 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 179.296 40.157 177.165 44 2.131 51-IN
40 5 5 74 Reed Sorenson(i) Chevy 179.131 40.194 177.440 42 1.691 47-IN
41 9 9 93 Travis Kvapil Ford 178.864 40.254 178.656 38 0.208 14
42 10 10 38 David Gilliland Ford 178.602 40.313 178.656 37 -0.054 35
43 2 2 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 178.470 40.343 176.618 45 1.852 44-DNQ
44 7 7 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 178.443 40.349 177.932 40 0.511 43-DNQ
45 4 4 32 Ken Schrader Ford 178.333 40.374 177.200 43 1.133 23
46 1 1 37 Timmy Hill # Ford 177.936 40.464 172.811 46 5.125 46-DNQ

RED = need to get in the race via speed are not Top 35 2011 Owners Points

# Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate

(i) = driver not running for 2012 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

Ties are broken as follows:
1) Owners Points
2) Best finishes, most wins, 2nds, 3rds and so on until the tie is broken
3) If tie still remains, then the team with the highest position first breaks the tie
(so if two are ties, both have a win, then the team who won first gets the spot)

Qualifying Results (pdf)

Qualifying Order
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Auto Club 400
Auto Club Speedway

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 37 Timmy Hill # Poynt.com Ford 172.811 46 46
2 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy Dodge 176.618 45 44
3 19 Mike Bliss(i) TriStar Motorsports Toyota 177.165 44 51
4 32 Ken Schrader US Chrome/1 Less Than 2 Ltd. Ford 177.200 43 23
5 74 Reed Sorenson(i) Turn One Racing Chevy 177.440 42 47
6 23 Scott Riggs North TX Pipe Chevy 177.914 41 45
7 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 177.932 40 43
8 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 178.112 39 25
9 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 178.656 38 14
10 38 David Gilliland 1-800 LoanMart Ford 178.656 37 35
11 33 Brendan Gaughan South Point Casino Chevy 178.664 36 13
12 98 Michael McDowell Curb Records Ford 179.064 35 40
13 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 179.082 34 31
14 83 Landon Cassill Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 179.744 33 25
15 49 JJ Yeley America Israel Racing Chevy 179.843 32 41
16 26 Josh Wise # MDS Ford 180.329 31 39
17 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 180.392 30 32
18 47 Bobby Labonte Charter Toyota 180.533 29 29
19 30 David Stremme @TheNascarFans Toyota 180.805 28 38
20 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 181.032 27 21
21 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevy 181.273 26 30
22 27 Paul Menard Menards/CertainTeed Chevy 181.429 25 17
23 20 Joey Logano Dollar General Toyota 181.850 24 24
24 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 181.896 23 8
25 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row/Farm American Chevy 181.965 22 26
26 22 AJ Allmendinger Southern California AAA Dodge 182.053 21 11
27 43 Aric Almirola Medallion Financial Ford 182.108 20 15
28 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevy 182.122 19 7
29 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 182.182 18 18
30 99 Carl Edwards Subway Ford 182.186 17 2
31 10 David Reutimann Accell Construction Chevy 182.191 16 33
32 29 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevy 182.255 15 3
33 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy 182.329 14 1
34 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 182.510 13 19
35 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 182.611 12 12
36 17 Matt Kenseth Ford EcoBoost Ford 182.755 11 4
37 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Allstate Chevy 182.792 10 27
38 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy 182.880 9 6
39 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 182.894 8 16
40 39 Ryan Newman US ARMY Chevy 183.006 7 10
41 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 183.169 6 20
42 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 183.187 5 9
43 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 183.290 4 5
44 5 Kasey Kahne Quaker State Chevy 183.946 3 22
45 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Toyota 184.322 2 34
46 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 185.109 1 28
will be posted after first practice

Drivers in RED will be required to qualify on time/speed, not in top 35

# Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

Starting Lineup & Qualifying Order are provided by NASCAR Public Relations Statistics


  • 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying procedures:
    1) qualifying order will be determined by the driver's fastest lap in first practice.
    2) times on the speed sheet will be inverted with the slowest cars attempting their qualifying runs first
    3) go-or-go-home cars will now qualify among the 35 teams locked in on owner points and not be separated by the field. 4) the NASCAR Sprint Cup director does reserve the right to change a driver's qualifying order or allow "adjustments or repairs" to cars after the car has taken the green flag at the start/finish line.
    5) all cars must qualify with a full fuel cell.
    6) qualifying consists of two consecutive timed laps (except at road courses, 1 lap)
    7) the fastest lap determines qualifying position
    8) in case of a rain-out of practice, a random drawing will be held for cars set up in the garage area to determine qualifying order
    9) if qualifying is rained out, the order of the field will be set according to Section 9-5 of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup rule book.

  • If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.(NASCAR)(7-7-2011)

  • Past Champions Provisional Berths in Sprint Cup: A past champion's provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. A team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional
    See my Past Champions Provisional Page for more.

  • What happens if all qualifying gets cancelled [rain/weather/other]?
    If bad weather cancels qualifying, the final starting lineup will be determined by practice speeds. The same rule book procedures will be used to determine eligibility to start a race. If weather cancels practice sessions, then the starting lineup will be set by points, per the rule book.

  • If qualifying AND all practices are cancled, then:
    If it is during the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][team does not have to attempt all the races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Position [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners position [not in by rules 1-4]
    #6) - For 2nd race of season, teams that missed Daytona 500, are seeded in owners points by thier finish in the Duels
    #7) - Randon Draw if more then one team with no attempts

  • If qualifying is cancled by at least one practice gets run, then:
    If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][team does not have to attempt all the races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Position [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners position [not in by rules 1-4]
    #6) - For 2nd race of season, teams that missed Daytona 500, are seeded in owners points by thier finish in the Duels
    #7) - Randon Draw if more then one team with no attempts
    #8) - One it is determined which teams/driver made the race, then the field is set by 1st practice speeds.

  • What happens if just qualifying is cancelled?
    If it is during the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][team does not have to attempt all the races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Position [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners position [not in by rules 1-4]
    #6) - For 2nd race of season, teams that missed Daytona 500, are seeded in owners points by thier finish in the Duels
    #7) - Randon Draw if more then one team with no attempts
    #8) - One it is determined which teams/driver made the race, then the field is set by 1st practice speeds.

  • What happens if just qualifying is cancelled?
    AFTER the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [team does not have to attempt all the races]
    #2) - Last Years Sprint Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts with current Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - NASCAR will hold a draw for teams with no owners points / attempts
    #8) - One it is determined which teams/driver made the race, then the field is set by 1st practice speeds.

    NOTE: all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race

  • 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying procedures:
    1) qualifying order will be determined by the driver's fastest lap in first practice.
    2) times on the speed sheet will be inverted with the slowest cars attempting their qualifying runs first
    3) go-or-go-home cars will now qualify among the 35 teams locked in on owner points and not be separated by the field. 4) the NASCAR Sprint Cup director does reserve the right to change a driver's qualifying order or allow "adjustments or repairs" to cars after the car has taken the green flag at the start/finish line.
    5) all cars must qualify with a full fuel cell.
    6) qualifying consists of two consecutive timed laps (except at road courses, 1 lap)
    7) the fastest lap determines qualifying position
    8) in case of a rain-out of practice, a random drawing will be held for cars set up in the garage area to determine qualifying order
    9) if qualifying is rained out, the order of the field will be set according to Section 9-5 of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup rule book.

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